Toward the end of 2013, the Fund for Educational Excellence embarked on an intensive study of Baltimore residents’ views on their public schools. Over the course of four months in 2014, we heard from 859 Baltimore residents representing all 55 community statistical areas (CSAs) in Baltimore City through a series of intimate conversations about schools and neighborhoods.
In the Greater Rosemont CSA, we heard from 16 participants. We held one ‘kitchen table conversation’ in this CSA, which took place at Coppin State University on June 5, 2014. Of the 16 participants, 15 chose to submit at least some demographic data.
Some of the themes that we heard most often from participants in our discussions included:
- Participants discussed the need for increased parental involvement and engagement in schools, and specifically that parents need to be more involved in student academics.
- There was discussion regarding standards, curriculum, and instruction, and specifically that schools need to do a better job of ensuring that students are ready for careers and college. There was also a request for bringing back classes like home economics.
- Respondents also talked about activities and options for students, and requested that the district provide more classes, like art, music, and physical education. Participants also called for more life skills programs.